The Art of Not Being Subtle (at all)

Gem Turner wearing purple floral dress holding blue china mug and plate

Last week I was in a shopping centre with no makeup on – feeling a bit conscious, and if I’m honest – a bit hungover. Birthday week and all that. I was about to head to another birthday party and was definitely not looking my best. I wanted to put my make up on, but […]

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Rare Disease Day: Building Confidence as a Young Disabled Woman

Image of gem in garden holding hair and wearing leopard print jacket

At the time of publishing this, it’s Rare Disease Day. This is a chance to talk about not just the rare conditions we have, but also aspects of our lives with having these conditions. In the past I talked about accessing treatment for common illnesses. This year I want to talk about confidence. When you’re […]

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Answering Common Assumptions

Gem Turner smiling and holding hair

As we all know by now, I love to have a good chuckle about the things that people say to me. There’s this thing going round the blogging world at the moment where bloggers answer assumptions people send in about them. I thought this week I’d do this with a difference and talk about the […]

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Don’t feel sorry for me – I don’t want to look like everyone else

Gemma wearing orange outfit

When I meet people, especially people older than me, even at a glance, they feel sorry for me. I can tell. I get the sympathetic look, bow of the head or worst still – a pat on the head. People think I’m sad, I’ve got a hard life and it must be so difficult being […]

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Do you want to come to my party? | Access and socialising

Gem holding a wine glass

Ever since I was little my parents have always made sure I was surrounded by friends. Our house would be the place to hang out, have turkey dinosaurs and smiley faces and just generally have a great time. Access wasn’t really something I was thinking about. Even outside of the house – a lot of […]

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To the families I meet with disabled children

Sometimes I forget how privileged I am to be who I am. Some people will be surprised to read this but this is why… I have a disabled community I know who I look to if and when I need. I am ambitious and I am ultimately proud of being disabled. It’s taken years to […]

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Top tips for networking when you’re a wheelchair user

I don’t know if you know this, I LOVE chatting to people. But, I know that networking can be awkward and sometimes I can have moments where I’m cringing and I don’t feel confident enough to be at the said event. When I say networking, that might sound a bit ooh la la. But I […]

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Why I’ve stopped filling in the silence

gem to the side smiling with bag on the back

I’ve said it before, I love small talk. But sometimes I can go too far. When I meet people I give it 100%, whoever it is from someone who’s opening a door for me or a person at the till. I will try to make them laugh, come out with sarcastic jokes and get to […]

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Happy Birthday Dad

To be read in the tune of “when I’m 64” Dads getting older loosing his hair Don’t tell him there’ll be a row Let’s pretend he’s muscly and still looks young Birthday greetings hope you have fun Last week he was out till 11 o clock Then clung to the fridge Can’t drink like you […]

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“Mum, shall a tell ’em am disabled?” | Disability and Employment

Gem in final year at school

Recently I wrote a blog about jobs and careers for the Brittle Bone Society which you can read here. In a nut shell it’s me talking about the fact that I didn’t really see myself having a job, not because I couldn’t do it – but that the world wasn’t set up for me to. […]

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